How To Make A Roller Kite
Prepare To Fly
Make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo over there, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.
bridle is a bit long to check on the ground, so fly the kite on a very
short line to see where the towing point is. Shift the Prusik Knot along
the bridle line until the towing point appears to be level with the
upper horizontal spar or a little below it. To lock the Prusik in place,
take the 2 bridle lines in one hand, the flying line in the other, and
pull tight. To unlock it, you just pull the bridle line straight, with
the knot in the middle.
Check the bridle slip knots on the upper
horizontal spar. Re-tighten if necessary, and put a small drop of wood
glue on each so they can never come loose. You won't have to wait the
full drying time for this glue to dry, since the amounts are small.
How To Make A Roller Kite
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a
light-wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale. If the wind is
too strong, it might get damaged.
The Prusik knot on the bridle line can loosen off a little over time. If necessary, pull on all the lines to tighten the knot up before a flying session.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it.
As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by taking loop after loop off the winder.
Be cautious about letting line slip through your fingers. If a big gust hits the kite, the line could burn you! For any kite this big or bigger, it's a good idea to wear a glove of some sort.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Roller kite!
Out In The Field
Roller kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
"Making Dowel Kites" is one of my PDF e-books (see further down...), which is another way of accessing these instructions.
The e-book instructions for
this kite include even more handy hints which will ensure you
get the most success possible when flying this particular design. They
show you how to make the kite more transportable too, so you can remove a spar and roll the kite up into a slim bundle.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
You can make kites by working through instructions on live Web pages. However, many people find it easier to work from printouts, or even off-line from a lap-top or tablet...
Making Dowel Kites is one of my PDF-format e-books which you can download. The e-book covers every kite in the Dowel Series. You can print off just the pages you need, or click straight to the right place if you are working off-line.
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